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Aspen Kay Gates Obituary

God’s Little Angel, Aspen Kay Gates, passed from this life on Nov. 22, 2016 in the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, surrounded by her loving parents and extended family.

Born on Nov. 25, 2014 the daughter of William Glenn Gates and Elizabeth “Paige” Hadlock in Stillwater, Okla. Aspen was the bright spot in her family; Momma’s little girl. Big brothers, Gunnar and Steven, doted over her larger than life smile and dimples to match. She was a joy to all who met her. Aspen lived in Fairfax and was very aware of her Osage Indian Heritage and had participated in dances at Grayhorse, dancing beside her mother. She was also a regular little cowgirl and very close to her Papa Joby. She loved spending time with him at the farm helping take care of Papa’s cattle and horses, and her Clyde.

She is survived by her parents, William and Paige; two brothers, Gunnar and Steven Gates of the home; grandparents, Joby and Chris Hadlock of Fairfax, Barbara and Rick Clovis of Ralston; great-grandparents Glen and Marliyn Hadlock of Fairfax, Marilyn Boucher of Pawhuska; great-great-aunt, Julie Wilson of Fairfax; aunts and uncles, Katelyn Hadlock and J.K. Hadlock of Fairfax, Joni and Chris Murphy of Grainola, Cathy and Daniel LeForce of Pawnee, great-aunt, Cindee and Brian Edwards of Pawhuska, great-uncle Jim and Kelly Hadlock, as well as numerous cousins.

Aspen was preceded in death by her grandfather, Steven Glenn Gates; one uncle, Steven “Clark” Gates; and great-grandmothers, Billie Dooley-Gray and Beryl Clark.
Mass was held on Nov. 25, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fairfax with Father Chris Daigle as Celebrant. Interment followed at the Pixley Cemetery in the Big Bend area. Arrangements were under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home.

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Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home

Original Publish Date: 2016-11-28 00:00:00

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